Samsung Galaxy A52 5G review
More than just an upgrade
The Samsung Galaxy A52 5G has landed. With its next-gen display and quad-camera setup, it’s more than just an upgrade of its predecessor, the Galaxy A51.
April 2021 | 7 minutes read
Quite a step up from the previous model
The Samsung A52 5G represents quite a step up from the previous model, with high-end features beyond what you’d expect in a mid-priced smartphone.
In this review, we'll take a closer look at the performance and features of the Galaxy A52 5G and see how it compares to the Galaxy A51. We'll take you through the Galaxy A52's specifications. And we’ll give you some guidance on whether the Samsung A52 is the right phone for you.
Samsung A52 5G: specs at a glance
- Display: 6.5 inch Infinity O Display
- Storage: 128GB storage and 6GB RAM
- Rear cameras: 64MP (Main), 5MP (Depth), 12MP (UltraWide),5MP (Macro)
- Front camera: 32MP
- Battery: 4,500mAh battery lasts up to 48 hours**
- 5G: Seriously fast 5G
- Processor: Snapdragon 750G
- Width: 75.1mm
- Height: 159.9mm
- Thicknes: 8.4mm
Feast your eyes on the 6.5 inch display
The display on the Galaxy A52 5G is significant improvement on last year’s Galaxy A51. The Samsung A52 steps up your experience with a 6.5-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate.
The increased refresh rate makes the Galaxy A52 5G supersmooth and allows you to game, watch content, browse and multi-task without interruption.
In the mid-range smartphone category, this is one of the best screens on the market. The contrast levels are very good, the colours are vibrant and the viewing angles are excellent.
You can switch the display between Vivid and Natural modes. And it’s easy to see even in direct sunlight thanks to a maximum brightness of 800 nits.
The display is tough too, with a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 5 providing protection against scratches and bumps. And it all adds up to make for excellent display, particularly for a phone with such a reasonable price.
Go ultra high-resolution on 64MP quad camera
Samsung has made a few improvements to the camera on the Galaxy A52 5G, so you’ll find that it takes crisper shots than the Galaxy A51 under most lighting conditions.
The main camera in the rear setup has been updated to a 64 MP sensor. Also in the quad camera set up are Ultra Wide, Macro and Depth cameras with the same sensors as the Galaxy A51.
For shooting in daytime conditions, the cameras will give you plenty of detail and colours that will look good on social media.
When it comes to low-light photography, the A52 has a dedicated Night Mode that helps improve the vividness of your photos.
On the front there’s a 32 MP camera that’s ideal for taking selfies.
Using the cameras is straightforward. You’ll find it easy to change shooting modes and you can toggle on the flash, timer and effects.
Pro video in a mid-range phone
Like the Galaxy A51, the new Galaxy A52 5G can record 4K videos at 30fps on both the front and rear cameras.
You'll find some improved video capabilities in the Galaxy A52 5G. Samsung has added a Pro Video mode to give you more control as you shoot.
It doesn’t have all the features you’d find on Samsung’s high-end models like the Galaxy S21 Ultra, but it’s pretty close. And it’s impressive for a mid-priced phone.
The Galaxy A52 also has stereo speakers, which really helps put you in the moment when gaming or streaming videos.
Bigger battery to do more of what you love
Samsung has increased the battery size of the Galaxy A52 5G to 4500mAh. The battery in last year’s Galaxy A51 was 4000mAh.
Samsung claims the new battery will give up to two days life before recharging. Of course this will depend on how you use the phone and what applications you’re running. But you’ll still get a decent amount of life.
The new Galaxy A52 5G supports 25W fast charging. But we should point out that the phone ships with a slower 15W charger in the box. You’ll need to buy the 25W charger separately.
Packed with plenty of storage
The Galaxy A52 5G comes with a very generous 128GB of storage built in. That’s plenty of space for your photos, your apps and files.
When you think about it, it wasn’t so long ago that you could only find that sort of storage on a laptop.
But if that’s not enough for the data-hungry needs of the modern world, no problem. You can expand the storage on the Galaxy A52 5G to a massive 1TB using an SD card.
Simple colours make a stylish statement
The Galaxy A52 5G has a whole new look. The glossy finish and fancy gradient effect from the Galaxy A51 are gone and in their place Samsung has gone for a minimal design aesthetic.
The Galaxy A52 5G has a smooth matte finish which makes the phone easier to hold and less likely to show finger smudges. There’s a choice of simple block colours, namely Awesome Black and Awesome Violet.
The clean lines and uncluttered design make for an upmarket look.
Galaxy A51 vs Galaxy A52
The Galaxy A52 5G is definitely an upgrade from the Galaxy A51. But where will you notice the improved performance? Let’s sum up the key differences.
- Processor speed: The Galaxy A51 was limited in processing speed and power by its Exnyos chip. Samsung has upgraded the chip in the Galaxy A52 5G to Qualcomm's Snapdragon 720G. You’ll notice faster, smoother performance when gaming or streaming.
- Design: This one is purely a matter of taste. The Galaxy A52 5G features simple matt colours. There’s no flashy gradient effect like the Galaxy A51. You’ll notice the difference if you’re into clean, simple design.
- Camera: The main camera at the back of the Galaxy A52 5G is upgraded to 64MP. You’ll notice sharper pictures.
- Charging: The Galaxy A52 5G has 25W fast charging, while the Galaxy A51 only supports 15W charging. You’ll notice when you bring the Galaxy A52 5G to full charge in under an hour. But you’ll have to buy the fast charger.
- Display: The Galaxy A52 5G features an AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. You’ll notice next time you’re watching an HD movie.
- Water resistance: The Galaxy A52 5G has IP67 water resistance . The Galaxy A51 isn’t water resistant. You’ll notice if you drop your phone in the sink.
All at the speed of 5G
The mid-range price of the Galaxy A52 5G makes 5G technology more accessible for phone buyers on a budget.
Its 5G compatibility allows you access to the Telstra 5G network, which is rolling out in selected areas. You’ll just need a 5G compatible Telstra mobile plan.
So what difference does 5G make to your life as a phone user?
Firstly, you can download movies, music, audiobooks and apps fast on Telstra 5G. Uploads are more efficient on 5G too. It’s great if you want to send files.
Secondly, the increased capacity of the 5G network gives you faster data speeds and better performance, especially in crowded areas.
And finally, 5G has less latency. So you’ll see minimal lag when you’re gaming. It all adds up to a smoother, more enjoyable experience of the phone.
Is the Samsung A52 right for me?
If you're looking for a mid-priced phone that delivers an excellent performance, the Galaxy A52 5G could suit you.
Telstra is selling the Galaxy A52 5G for $648. For that you get a budget phone with:
- 120HZ AMOLED display
- IP67-rated water resistance
- 5G capability
- 128GB storage
- 64MP camera
That's a lot of tech for not so many dollars. So if you want some of the features normally associated with a higher-end phone at a more affordable price, then the Galaxy A52 5G could be a good buy for you.